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Boer War DSOs 1 year 3 weeks ago #89956

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The DSO/QSA/KSA trio to Capt Dickson, FID, is here: www.angloboerwar.com/forum/5-medals-and-...e-fid?start=78#89955
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[ CIE 1919 ];
[ DSO ];
[ QSA (4) ];
[ KSA (2) ];
BWM (Major E. L. Mackenzie)

Edward Leslie Mackenzie was born on 6 May 1870, the son of Major C. G. Mackenzie, 28th Regiment, and was gazetted to the Royal Sussex Regiment on 29 October 1890, becoming Lieutenant on 10 February 1892, and Captain on 4 February 1899. He served with the Regiment during the Boer War in South Africa, taking part in operations in Orange River Colony, from January to 31 May 1902. Severely wounded, he was Mentioned in Despatches (London Gazette 10 September 1901); DSO (London Gazette 27 September 1901). The Insignia of the DSO was presented to him by HM King Edward VII on 29 October 1901.

He was subsequently employed with the West African Frontier Force from 8 September 1905 to 14 July 1912, and served during the Great War in the Asian theatre of War from 17 August 1915, being promoted Lieutenant-Colonel that same month, and commanding the 1st Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment.
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KCMG;
CB military, n/b;
DSO VR;
QSA (3) Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Johannesburg (Major H. A. L. Tagart. 15/Hussars.);
1914 Star, with clasp (Lt: Col: H. A. L. Tagart. D.S.O. 15/Hrs.);
British War and Victory Medals, with MID (Brig. Gen. H. A. L. Tagart.);
Coronation 1902, silver issue;
France, Legion of Honour, Commander's neck Badge, gold and enamel

KCMG London Gazette 3 June 1918.

CB London Gazette 23 June 1915.

DSO London Gazette 19 April 1901.

MID London Gazette 16 April 1901, 15 June 1916 & 23 January 1917.

France, Legion of Honour London Gazette 24 February 1916.

Harold Arthur Lewis Tagart (also spelled 'Taggart') was born on the 20 June 1870 at Old Sneyd Park, Gloucestershire. The son of Francis Tagart JP DL and Isabella Ongley Hopson, herself daughter of Captain Ongley Hopson, 23rd Light Dragoons. He was educated at Eton and later Trinity College, Cambridge.

He was gazetted to the 15th Hussars as a Second Lieutenant on 3 December 1890 and promoted Lieutenant on 25 May 1892. Further advanced Captain on 13 June 1896 the next year he served as ADC to HRH the Duke of Connaught, then GOC at Aldershot.

Posted to South Africa for service in the Boer War as Brigade-Major of the Cavalry Brigade between 19 February 1900-30 August 1901, during this time he was promoted to Major on the 17 September 1900. Tagart was present at the Operations in the Orange Free State in May 1900, including the actions at Houtnek (Thoba Mountain), Vet River on 5-6 May and the Zand River. Afterwards involved in Operations in the Transvaal from May and June 1900, including action near Johannesburg and finally Operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River later in 1900. Unfortunately for Tagart the climate proved too much for him and he was invalided home with enteric fever. His actions had clearly made an impression however the award of the Distinguished Service Order came to pair with a 'mention' for his services (London Gazette 16 April 1901). The insignia was personally presented to him by the King on 3 June 1901.

Upon recovery he became Brigade Major of the Cavalry Brigade at Aldershot between 21 December 1901-30 September 1902, then becoming DAAG Presidency District in Calcutta on 2 July 1904. Later joining the Meerut Cavalry Brigade as Brigade-Major from 20 February 1905-1 November 1906, Tagart was promoted Lieutenant Colonel on the 10 October 1911.

In 1911 he succeeded Sir Henry Hodgson in command of the Regiment at Potchefstroom, South Africa. Tagart later returned with the Regiment back to England and was in command at Longmoor when the Great War broke out.

The 15th Hussars went out with the original Expeditionary Force as Divisional Cavalry, the three squadrons serving with the first three divisions. Tagart had therefore no command and instead served as DA and Quartermaster General from 10 October 1914.

Promoted to Temporary Brigadier-General from on 10 October 1914 Tagart was appointed to the command a brigade on the Aisne. Later advanced Major-General on 25 October 1915 he served as DA and QMG of the 3rd Army. Holding this post between 1915-1916 Tagart was invalided home in 1916. Served as DAG Home Forces between 1916 to 1918 when he was again invalided, finally retiring on 18 March 1919.

Tagart first married Lady Mary Keppel in 1900, sixth daughter of the 7th Earl of Albemarle. Whilst they were shooting in the Himalayas, Lady Mary Tagart contracted ptomaine poisoning and died in 1903. He remarried a Miss Josephine Mary Charlotte Hibbert in 1908 who also predeceased him.

Tagart died in London on the 19 March 1930.

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From the Lovell sale in November 1978. Estimate was £850

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CMG n/b;
DSO VR;
QSA (1) Cape Colony (Capt H C Bulkeley, WYR) - naming not listed by the seller;

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Distinguished Service Order Gazetted 27 Dec 1901: "Henry Charles Bulkeley, Captain and Honorary Major, 4th West Yorkshire Regiment. In recognition of services during the operations in South Africa." M.I.D. Gazetted 10 Sep 1901. M.I.D. 12 Feb 1918. C.M.G. Gazetted 1 Jan 1918. Major Henry Charles Bulkeley was born in Teranaki, New Zealand in 1858, the son of Major Francis Beaumaris Bulkeley and Rosanna Marie, daughter of Colonel W W J Cockcraft. His Great Grandfather was Thomas Bulkeley, the resident Consul to the U.S. in Portugal, whom President Thomas Jefferson appointed the famous William Jarvis in place of. Serving with the 4th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment during the Boer War, Bulkeley was Mentioned In Despatches and awarded the D.S.O., which was presented to him by the King 29 Oct 1901. Major Bulkeley retired from the Militia, but rejoined and served at home during WWI as Temporary Lieutenant Colonel, and was created a Companion of St. Michael & St. George in 1918. He married Gertrude Beatrice, daughter of Admiral Hudson, R.N., and had two daughters. He lived at Linden Hill, Berkshire and Stanlow Place, Staffordshire. Bulkeley died in 1938.

£4,995 - yes, the first digit is 4

QSA verified on WO100/175p357. Note records:



Invalided home and resigned commission 28 May 1901

No Great War medals found

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DSO VR;
OBE 1st Military; HM 1917;
QSA (4) Cape Colony, Transvaal, Wittebergen, South Africa 1901 (Capt. & Adjt. C. P. Crane 12/Impl. Yeo);
British War Medal (Lt. Col. C. P. Crane.)

Together with related miniature awards also mounted for wear, and both housed in a custom made Spink & Son Ltd, Piccadilly leather case.

DSO London Gazette 27 September 1901.
OBE London Gazette 7 January 1918.

Charles Paston Crane was born at Holden Clough, Yorkshire in August 1857, and was son of the Reverend Canon Crane of Killarney, Ireland. He was educated at home and later at Exeter College, Oxford (B.A.; Honours in Modern History, 1878; M.A., 1901). Crane joined the Royal Irish Constabulary as a Cadet in 1879, and served through the Land Agitation in Kerry from 1880 to 1889. He served on special duty in Donegal and the South Eastern Province in 1889 and 1894, and was Private Secretary to the Inspector-General (Sir Andrew Reed) between 1895 and 1897. Crane was employed as Resident Magistrate in Donegal from 1897 to 1900, and was seconded in 1900 to serve as Captain and Adjutant of the 12th Battalion, Imperial Yeomanry, in the South African Campaign up until May 1901.

Crane subsequently served as Adjutant of the 12th Battalion until June 1901, and then in the same capacity of the Mounted Troops, Potchefstroom Column from 26 August 1900 until 30 January 1901 (Imperial Yeomanry). He served in operations in Cape Colony, south of Orange River, between March and May 1900; in operations in Orange River Colony between May and August of the same year, including actions at Rhenoster River and Wittehergen (1 to 29 July); in operations in the Transvaal, west of Pretoria, from August up to 29 November 1900; in operations in the Transvaal from 30 November 1900 until March 1901; and in operations in Orange River Colony between March and April 1901 (DSO, MID - and presented with his DSO by H.M. the King on 29 October 1901).

Crane was seconded for service with the Army in September 1914, and was appointed Major in the 11th (Service) Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers. He served in this capacity until March 1915, when he was subsequently appointed to the command of the 2/4th (Hallamshire) Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment. Crane commanded the latter from June 1915 until July 1916, and then the 43rd Provisional Battalion from July until October 1916 (OBE, MID). Crane advanced to Lieutenant Colonel, and in later life wrote the travel guide to Kerry in the Little Guide Series. In 1908 he married Mary Alice Caroline, the second daughter of Colonel and Lady Mary Skrine of Warleigh Manor, Somerset. Colonel Crane died at Sloane Gardens, London in January 1939.
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